Meanwhile, at the University of California, Davis, a student sit-in outside the chancellor’s office is entering its sixth day. The students are demanding Chancellor Linda Katehi resign over her involvement with private corporate boards, including the for-profit college DeVry University, the expensive textbook maker Wiley & Sons and the controversial Saudi school King Abdulaziz University, which has been accused of paying for affiliations with top professors in efforts to boost its global rankings. Protesting graduate student Brandon Buchanan spoke from the sit-in.
Brandon Buchanan: “We, the occupiers of Mrak Hall, call for the resignation and/or firing of Linda B. Katehi, our chancellor. This chancellor has proven time and time again, from DeVry University to King Abdulaziz University to Wiley & Sons textbook co., that she doesn’t make decisions based on student interests. This isn’t new for her. This is old hat. She has a long history, dating back to 2011 with the pepper-spray incident, of putting her own interests over the interests of students.”